Sustrans have helped Lewisham Council win funding from Transport for London’s £114 million Liveable Neighbourhood programme.
The funding will help Lewisham Council develop a detailed proposal that will improve walking and cycling and reduce road danger in the North Deptford area.
The Deptford Parks bid by Sustrans, on behalf of Lewisham, plans to connect green spaces, schools and public transport and could see £2.9 million invested in local infrastructure. Proposals include:
- reduced traffic on streets in North Deptford
- a new north-south traffic-free route along the former Grand Surrey Canal for walking and cycling
- ‘Copenhagen crossings’ to prioritise pedestrians at side roads and reduce danger from traffic
- new cycle routes through the park will link to the proposed new Bakerloo line station at New Cross Gate
- new cycle parking, and street lighting for the area.
“ We’re keen to make this exciting proposal a reality and work with the community further to transform the area into a place that people in Lewisham can enjoy for years to come. ”
Earlier this year, Sustrans, Deptford Folk and Lewisham Council worked with residents, community groups and representatives, to develop a proposal to change the area around Folkstone Gardens into a safer and more pleasant place for people to walk, cycle, play and socialise.
The proposal for Rolt Street was shortlisted in the 2017 Healthy Streets Awards.
Lewisham will now manage the next stage of the process, which will involve community consultation as plans develop.
Matt Winfield, Sustrans’ London Director, said:
“This funding recognises the creativity of the local community and our urban designers, engineers and facilitators in London in creating a vision for healthier streets.
“We’re keen to make this exciting proposal a reality and work with the community further to transform the area into a place that people in Lewisham can enjoy for years to come.”
In a newsletter to their supporters, Depford Folk, the park user group for Deptford Park and Folkestone Gardens, described the project as:
“A local project for our local area led by local people.”
“ A local project for our local area led by local people. ”
“None of this would have been possible without the work undertaken by a range of people including DeptfordFolk, local residents, school governors, Deptford Working Histories, Lewisham Cyclists, The Ramblers, Deptford Park Residents Association, and Sustrans and Lewisham Council who wrote the bid. Thanks also to our MP Vicky Foxcroft, GLA Member Len Duval and Cllr Joyce Jacca.”
There will be another round of bidding next year, where other boroughs will be able to come forward with proposals for further 'Liveable Neighbourhoods' funding.
Multi-million 'Liveable Neighbourhoods' programme to transform London neighbourhoods
The funding is part of the new multi-million pound programme that the Mayor of London and TfL established to transform neighbourhoods across the capital into greener, healthier, more attractive public spaces, building on the lessons of the ‘Mini-Holland’ programmes in Enfield, Kingston and Waltham Forest.
At this stage, Transport for London are giving £1.25m to seven boroughs to help develop their proposals further.
Ealing, Greenwich, Hackney, Haringey, Havering, Lewisham and Waltham Forest boroughs were all successful in their initial bids for funding from the 'Liveable Neighbourhoods' programme, which is the first scheme set up to directly deliver the Mayor's new Health Streets Approach across London.
Matt Winfield, Sustrans’ London Director, added:
“The Boroughs control 95% of London’s streets and improving Londoners’ health, air quality and transport options can only be done by changing those streets.
“Empowering London’s boroughs to transform their neighbourhoods and high streets to reflect the way Londoners travel is a very welcome opportunity to make life in London better.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:
"As London's population grows, I've outlined my ambition to increase walking and cycling, and improve public spaces across London. I'm delighted that we're now progressing with the local funding that will transform the environment in many local communities. Our new Liveable Neighbourhood scheme will see millions of pounds invested in schemes that will directly make walking and cycling a safe, enjoyable and convenient option for many more Londoners – supporting small businesses by making our high streets cleaner, safer and more enjoyable places to spend time.
"We will continue to work closely with boroughs as they develop their plans to improve the environment and transform the quality of life of Londoners."
London's Transport Commissioner, Mike Brown MVO, said:
"Local communities are at the centre of our plans to transform access to walking, cycling and public transport, and our Liveable Neighbourhoods programme will help ensure this happens. Many of London's streets were designed to give cars priority but, by working with London's boroughs, we can help redesign them to put people first – making them better, safer, cleaner places."
More successful projects
West Ealing, Ealing
Proposals include comprehensive improvements along the Broadway and to parallel quieter routes, reduced rat-running in the adjoining residential areas, parking controls, and new walking and cycling routes, including links to the new Elizabeth line station.
Greenwich Town Centre, Greenwich
The scheme aims to transform Greenwich Town Centre by removing the dangerous and intimidating gyratory and providing a much more generous pedestrian environment, in particular on the approach to the World Heritage Site. It will also provide a safe cycling route through the town centre.
Hackney Central, Hackney
Key routes in the town centre will be transformed by a reduction in traffic, the introduction of two-way protected cycle lanes on Mare Street, a ban on general traffic at the south end of Amhurst Road, and making three dangerous junctions safer, including Pembury Circus.
Crouch End, Haringey
Under the proposals, pedestrian and cycling conditions in Crouch End town centre will be improved to help encourage more active travel in the area, tackling congestion and improving air quality and residents' well-being. The proposals, which residents will be consulted on, look to create a new square incorporating the clock tower, currently surrounded by traffic on all sides. Segregated cycle routes will feed the town centre, pedestrian crossings will be improved and traffic will be reduced on residential streets with new modal filters.
Romford Town Centre, Havering
The project will enable more walking and cycling in Romford town centre by making the busy Ring Road easier to cross on foot and by bike. Existing subways will be replaced by pedestrian and cycle crossings at street level along with new bus lanes and public spaces.
Coppermill Village, Waltham Forest
The funding will support the regeneration of St James Street and Blackhorse Road and will create access routes to the newly opened Walthamstow Wetlands. Coppermill Lane will be turned into a 'cycle street', safer junctions and crossings will be added and the area will be improved with new wayfinding and planting.